There’s a major shake-up at CNN, and jaws all around the nation are dropping at the news. Jeff Zucker, the network’s president, announced that the would-be resigning early Wednesday morning.
Staff was stunned to hear the news, and CNN’s Brian Stelter sent a message out to them explaining why is suddenly resigning, and that it’s effective immediately.
Apparently, as Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN was being investigated, Zucker was asked a question about a consensual relationship he had with one of his closest colleagues, someone which he says he’s working with for over 20 years. During the investigation, he fessed up to the relationship and how it evolved in some recent years. He was required to disclose the relationship when it started, but he did not. Zucker admits that this was a wrong decision.
Zucker said that because of this, he is now resigning after nine years with the company. A quote from his letter said the following:
“I came to CNN on January 28, 2013. Together, we had nine great years. I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute.
I am grateful to the thousands of incredibly talented CNN and Turner Sports employees who helped make this such a joy for me, and such a success for all of us.
I wish each of you nothing but the best in the years to ahead.
With gratitude and much love.”
Zucker’s resignation follows a long list of colleagues and big names in the network that are now under scrutiny for indiscretions while in the company employ.
Since the letter, it’s been outed that Zucker’s “closest colleague” to which he referred in the letter is Allison Gollust, who is CNN’s CMO. Gollust apparently gets to keep her job. On the CNN website, it says, “”Prior to joining CNN, Gollust served as communications director for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. She started at NBC in the Corporate Communications group in 1996 and was named senior publicist for Today in 1997.”
According to a piece from CNN, The CEO of Warner Media, which is CNN’s parent company, has accepted Zucker’s resignation and then thanked him for all of his contributions. The CEO also announced that they will have a plan for leadership in the interim very shortly.
Author: Ivan Briggs